Massachusetts: August 2011 Archives
ACTION: Donate to the Student Immigrant Movement
I just received an email from the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) and I wanted to share it with people and encourage them to donate. Before I share the email, though, I just wanted to provide some context.
If you're reading this and you haven't heard my story, yet, I recently updated it, here. The short of it is that I got connected to the pro-migrant movement by blogging but it was actually the Student Immigrant Movement that taught me how to make real change. Carlos Saavedra, who is now with the National Coordinator of the United We Dream Network, was the one who taught me how to organize.
In his weekly "E-Update" my congressman, Michael Capuano (D-MA-8), voiced his opposition to the Secure Communities program, or S-Comm, after having met with the Massachusetts ACLU:
I met this week with a number of constituents who are affiliated with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
We also discussed "Secure Communities." This program, initiated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), requires fingerprints of every person arrested to be sent by local police departments to the FBI and also shared with ICE. I believe that states and cities should not be compelled to do this if local elected officials and law enforcement authorities object. Federal immigration resources should be devoted to the apprehension and detention of dangerous criminals, terrorists, and human traffickers.
Michael Capuano - E-Update (12 August 2011) My Congressman is among the most progressive politicians in Congress, and I have yet to see him take an anti-migrant position on a specific issue. It's hard to ask for much more, but I'm going to complain anyway.
Capuano certainly isn't a leader on immigration issues and he frequently uses language to refer to migrants which makes me cringe.
After signing the change.org petition, I got this email from pro-migrant Mass. State Rep. Tim Toomey (D-Cambridge):
Thank you for contacting me in support of the in-state tuition bill. I have been a long-time supporter of this bill and I am proud to be a committed supporter of equal access to higher education for all.